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Today was a short day. The wind didn’t blow in the night which was a relief because it meant I had a fantastic sleep. It was probably 8:00am by the time I crawled out of my sleeping bag. The great thing about today was that we got to go to Edoras from the Lord of […]

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Breakfast at Double Hut was incredible if only for the view. I sat on the grass surrounded by rabbit shit with a cup of tea and a rehydrated meal and soaked it in. Angeline has decided she is going to leave us as she wants to complete the journey before her flight. It appears the […]

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Last night was amazing. At some point during the night the A-frame began to shudder as great gusts of wind ripped down the valley.  On waking I discovered my shoes had been blown away. The first was easily found but the second escaped me until Silvin discovered it near the hut. That was just the […]

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Another easy day. The morning partly consisted of driving to the trail head on the other side of the Rangitata (it being uncrossable) via Methven to get them some supplies. The start of our day was a mild shock for a number of reasons.  Silvan and I have way to much food. We had carefully […]

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Probably one of the easiest days ever had. Due to us being early, the plan was to go to Lake Coleridge Lodge and see whether they had and beds and if not then go to Methven. And because of the large distance to Methven we decided hitching was a good idea if we didn’t want […]

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Last night was rather cold. I was almost tempted to get my thermals out but instead just ducked my head inside the sleeping bag. The morning wasn’t much warmer although this didn’t deter the 100 or so sandflies on the outside of my tent. On the bright side of things we were soon walking towards […]

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For those of you who are taking note of the distances, you may have noticed the 28km leap from Morrisons Footbridge. This is due to the weather as per usual. After going to the Otira Hotel the weather was still bad so we hitched to Arthur’s Pass to get our food box and stayed there […]

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There were 10 people on Locke Hut last night so I slept outside by the Taramakau River which was a great nights sleep. The first crossing of the Taramakau was impassable so we worked our way down gravel bars for a couple of hundred meters until we were able to cross. After that it was […]

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The weather had improved immeasurably by the time we arose with the clouds moving in a different direction and no rain. The first 9km to Hurunui No.3 Hut (I still haven’t found No.2) were easy and uneventful except for a short stop at some hot springs where Silvin and Angeline had a soak. They were […]

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The rain poured down all night and I thought that we would have to follow plan no. 1 and stay at Hope-Kiwi another day until the rivers had come down but in the morning the rain had stopped so we set off for Hurunui Hut. About an hour later the rain started again. There was […]

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